September 16, 2009 10:00:00 AM
This is a great month for the city of Starkville. After months and years of deliberation and public debate, curbside recycling is now available for the citizens of Starkville. Residents of single family households will be able to sign up for curbside pickup with either their utility bill or driver''s license showing a proof of that household''s commitment. The cost to the citizens? Nothing! It is a free service provided by the city, the Sanitation Department, and Starkville Recycling.
Our group, Green Starkville, has been fighting for this day since our creation as an environmental advocacy group. The program is in its infancy, but it gives us great cause for hope for our fine city. By taking part in this free, volunteer based program, everyday citizens can now take easy steps to help protect our community for future generations. Did you know that recycling one aluminum can saves enough power to light a 100-watt light bulb for three hours? Last year, Americans trashed over 49 billion cans. Did you know that every Sunday, the Comics section isn''t the only joke being played? Americans waste 90% of those newspapers, helping destroy another 500,000 trees. The city of Starkville is now taking a stand in the fight for our collective future by giving us all the effortless opportunity to recycle.
Citizens can sign up and pick up their free green recyclable bags from the Sanitation Department Monday through Friday, and Saturday''s at the Community Market. Curbside pickup of recyclables will begin in October, on alternating Wednesdays depending on when your home''s regular trash pick up occurs. We urge civic organizations, schools, and churches to encourage their members to sign up for this program. It is our responsibility as citizens and as stewards to take care of our natural resources and sustain them for the future generations.
More information about the program is available on our Web site GreenStarkville.org
Nick DiColandrea, Starkville